FARGO, N.D. – The BNSF Railway Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to the Great Plains Food Bank to assist with operating expenses to distribute food through their network of more than 300 charitable feeding sites located in 113 communities throughout the state of North Dakota and Clay County, Minn.
Consistent donors since 2010, this specific grant from the BNSF Railway Foundation will help the Great Plains Food Bank continue to supply nearly 11 million meals throughout the region each year.
“We are extremely grateful for gifts like these from the BNSF Railway Foundation that help ensure our fleet of trucks continue to operate and the lights stay on inside our 36,000 square foot warehouse ,” Great Plains Food Bank CEO Steve Sellent said. “With 96 percent of each dollar going directly to our programs and services, this donation will allow us handle and distribute food for tens of thousands of meals.”
“We’re pleased to be able to provide support for Great Plains Food Bank as it offers a lifeline to so many in the area,” said Amy McBeth, Regional Director Public Affairs, BNSF Railway. “BNSF Railway is a big presence across North Dakota and in Clay County. Through the Foundation, we’re able to support many wonderful groups serving these communities every day.”
About the BNSF Railway Foundation
The BNSF Railway Foundation has supported and helped improve quality of life for thousands of communities across the 28 states through which BNSF operates, and where BNSF employees live, work and volunteer. Find more information HERE.
About the Great Plains Food Bank
The Great Plains Food Bank serves as North Dakota’s only food bank. Its partner network includes 215 food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, and other charitable feeding programs operating in 99 communities across N.D. and Clay County, Minn. Since 1983, the Great Plains Food Bank and its partners have distributed food for more than 133 million meals to children, seniors, and families in need. The Great Plains Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network.